Failte gu Fuadach nan Gaidhealt na h-Alba

Failte gu Fuadach nan Gaidhealt na h-Alba.
The Highland Clearances were a devestating part of the history of Scotland. For many it changed not only their way of life but also shaped the rural future of Scotland. Many villagers suffered at the hands of their landlords and tackmen and fought a desperate struggle to find a new life. Others managed to propser in a new life that never saw them return to Scotland again. Here is a resource that supports the documentation and historical value of this important area of Scottish history. You can follow in the footsteps of these villagers and find detailed descriptions and locations of the remains of some of the villages and townships through site descriptions, photographs and suggestions for further reading and links to follow.




Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Strathnaver Clearances

25th December, 1819
A newspaper article dated 25th December 1819. A copy of the Transactions of the Sutherland and Trans-Atlantic Association, at a meeting held Oct. 27, 1819. At it's most populus, Strathnaver contained around a dozen settlements. Over the five years from 1814 to 1819 the valley was cleared of its inhabitants to make way for sheep. The Duke of Sutherland employed his estate factor, Patrick Sellar, to persuade the inhabitants to leave by burning settlements to the ground. (courtesy: Happyhaggis.com)

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